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Macromoths of Northwest Forests and Woodlands

Hypena humuli [Noctuidae]

JPG-Hypena humuli

Wingspan 3.2 cm. Forewing is dark brown to pale cream with a black discal area; labial palps long. This noctuid is widely distributed in western North America. Moths fly throughout the year. Caterpillars feed on the foliage of nettle (Urtica).

Similar species: at least eight other species in the noctuid genera Hypena and Bomolocha (Noctuidae) have a similar looking narrow brown forewing, long labial palps, and are particularly common west of the Cascade Mountains.

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